Padre Profiles

Jessica Zamora-Bertasso: Laboratory Analyst

Carla Fuentes: Customer Service Representative

Brandon Floyd: Equipment Operator

Dave Roberts: Water Quality Specialist

Jen Gordon: GIS Coordinator

Eric Showalter: Field Services Supervisor

Larry Costello: Safety and Risk Manager

Dan Stevenson

Diane Johnson

Wilson Lau

Dan smiles next to blue pipe.

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Dan Stevenson is a Systems Operator, and is part of the team responsible for monitoring the millions of gallons of water that flows through Padre Dam’s pipelines and is stored in reservoir tanks. Systems Operators are not only responsible for ensuring that this water is there when you need it, but that it is safe to drink. A Systems Operator must be on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Because of this, they take turns working long shifts, day and night to ensure that someone is always monitoring the system.

Read more about Dan.

Diane Johnson is one of Padre Dam’s Information Systems Technical Specialists and is responsible for the purchasing and setup of the District’s computers, phones and other tech hardware. She also manages the software used by Padre Dam staff. Not a single Padre Dam employee could complete their job without the technical support that she provides.

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As a Padre Dam Engineer, Wilson Lau is tasked with overseeing the concept, design and construction of vital water and wastewater infrastructure. Every pipe, pump station, reservoir and pressure reducing station in Padre Dam's service area was imagined and designed by an Engineer like Wilson. These elements work together in a complex balancing act of pressures and flows to bring customers safe, clean drinking water and collect and dispose of wastewater.

Read more about Wilson.

Kyle James

Amy Pederson

jeromy langdon

Kyle James

Amy Pederson

Jeromy Langdon

With a few clicks of a button, a Padre Dam Operator can remotely activate a pump in Crest, add water to a reservoir in Alpine or adjust chlorine levels at a District site in El Cajon. This constant ability to monitor and control Padre Dam's drinking water is thanks to a program called Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (or SCADA for short), a system that is developed, written, implemented and maintained by Kyle James, Padre Dam's SCADA Technician.

Read more about Kyle. 

For every Board meeting at Padre Dam, it's someone's responsibility to coordinate with staff to put together the agenda and presentations, take minutes, and ensure regulatory compliance. This person is Board Secretary Amy Pederson, and planning Board meetings is just the beginning of her job description.

Read more about Amy.

As a Utility Worker, Jeromy and his team are tasked with maintaining water infrastructure in order to keep water service running for Padre Dam customers. With more than 392 miles of drinking water mains, this is not a small task. Before working in the water industry, Jeromy didn’t realize all of the work it takes to get clean drinking water to homes and businesses.

Read more about Jeromy.

Jason Mulick

Ben Brugman


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Ben Brugman

Ryan Smiling at Ray Stoyer Water Recycling Facility

If you look at a map of Padre Dam’s service area, you might notice that the topography is far from flat. In fact, Padre Dam’s 72-square mile service area experiences an elevation change of over 2,300 feet. That’s where Jason Mulick comes in. As a supervisor in the Electrical Department at Padre Dam, it’s Jason’s job to make sure that water, which weighs more than 8 pounds per gallon, can be delivered to homes and businesses at higher elevations. 

Read more about Jason. 

As we begin a new Fiscal Year our Padre Profile for this month highlights the important tasks of the District's Accounting Specialist Ben Brugman. Ben has worked at Padre Dam since 2015 and has the opportunity to work on multiple aspects of accounting, including accounts payable, vendor billing, financial reporting and payroll. Ben and the finance team help ensure financial stability while safeguarding the District's assets.

Read more about Ben.

Ryan Hughes is Padre Dam's talented Recycled Water Operations Supervisor who ensures that the plant runs efficiently 24 hours a day to keep up with the demand of recycled water for Santee Lakes and the purple pipe system. Recycled water in Santee comes from the Ray Stoyer Water Recycling Facility (WRF), located a few miles north of Santee Lakes.

Read more about Ryan.


Mike Byerly

Melissa Marquez

Sarah Hargis

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Melissa Marquez

Sarah Hargis is a utility worker in Padre Dam's wastewater workgroup. Sarah and her team work together to ensure that the wastewater collection system is functioning correctly.

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Who's that guy working on the side of the road in an orange T-shirt? It could be Padre Dam Utility Worker Mike Byerly. Mike is on the ground every day making sure that the community's water system is working by performing water service repairs, fixing main breaks and laying new installations. Most of the time, Mike can be found replacing aging valves.

Read more about Mike.

Melissa Marquez is a lab analyst at Padre Dam and spends her days in our sunny lab in Santee testing the District's water, recycled water and wastewater. Padre Dam's lab has the responsibility of providing data to operators to help ensure that all state and federal standards are being met.

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Seval Sen


Rob Tron 

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Scott Brooks smiling for camera sitting at desk
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Seval Sen has a passion for wastewater. She enjoys the challenge of working with water containing unknown and varying components. As an engineer at Padre Dam, Seval works to plan updates, improvements and expansions of Padre Dam's existing infrastructure including pipes, tanks and pumps.

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If you have ever called or emailed Padre Dam, there's a good chance the person on the other end of the conversation was Scott Brooks. Scott has worked at Padre Dam as a Customer Service Representative for almost 5 years, and works closely everyday with both customers and staff.

Read more about Scott.

Rob is the Lead Field Services Technician at Padre Dam, and describes his job as "The most interesting job on the planet". Rob started out at Padre Dam over 20 years ago as a temporary meter tech and now leads a team of five.

Read more about Rob.